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Gas prices slipping back downward even after Saudi attacks

Gas prices are headed back to normal, which this time of year tends to be down.

“Two weeks after the attacks on major Saudi Arabian oil facilities, the majority of Americans are seeing signs of gas prices trending cheaper, including here in Kansas,” said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. “While the national average may have only decreased by a penny, ten states saw pump prices decline this week by a nickel or more.”

The average in Kansas fell four cents. It’s at $2.41 as of Tuesday. That’s 11th cheapest in the country.

“We’ve been sort of watching crude oil prices,” said Steward. “Now, they’ve dropped close to where they were right before the drone attacks on the Saudi oil facilities. This is one of the main things that’s helping push gas prices cheaper in most of the country.”

Fewer people are driving right now, as well.

“We’re starting to see demand decline a little bit, which is typical in the fall,” said Steward. “We also have the winter blends of gasolines in the market, which also helps moderate prices at the pumps.”

Gas in Kansas is still slightly more expensive than it was prior to the drone attacks, but if no other supply interruptions take place, there is still more room for downward movement.

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